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Event needs more ‘trunks’


More “trunks” are needed to make this year’s “Trunk or Treat” another success.

“We only have six right now,” Alicia Subnaik Kilgour, CEO of the Fort Frances Public Library, noted Friday afternoon.

She stressed the “Project Safe Hallowe’en” committee wants to pack the library parking lot with decorated vehicles so children can go trick-or-treating in a fun and safe environment.

The idea of a “Trunk or Treat” sees local businesses, organizations, and individuals sign up a vehicle that they’ll decorate in a Hallowe’en theme, bring to the library parking lot, and then hand out candy as costumed children visit each “trunk.”

Last year’s inaugural event was deemed a success, with 20 vehicles participating and an estimated 600 youngsters stopping by.

“This year, we weren’t able to get the [OPP] mobile command unit because it’s elsewhere in the district,” Subnaik Kilgour noted.

And since the unit took up quite a bit of space, there is even more to fill this year.

“We really need people to put in trucks,” she stressed. “We know we’re going to get a lot of kids coming, so it would be nice to have as many trunks as we can for kids to visit.

“We need more.”

People can register their “trunks” online at until Friday (Oct. 30).

“It’s kind of like tailgate,” Subnaik Kilgour explained.

“You just open up your trunk and whatever theme and decorations you have are in there.”

Participating ‘trunks’ can supply their own candy although the library also is purchasing additional stuff.

People also can drop off candy to contribute if they wish, but it has to be unopened, store-bought items.

“We are taking donations at the library and Tess’ Kitchen,” noted Subnaik Kilgour, adding people also can give a monetary donation to purchase candy.

Meanwhile, she said there hasn’t been any registrants yet for the pumpkin jack-o-lantern workshop set for this Friday at the library.

With it being a P.D. Day for district students, the library thought it would be great to have an activity for children.

There will be a session at 11 a.m. and one at 2 p.m., with the cost being $2 per person.

Pumpkins then can be entered in the pumpkin-carving contest that’s being held in conjunction with “Trunk or Treat,” which will run Saturday (Oct. 31) from 4-6 p.m.

“Some of the pumpkins we had last year were amazing,” Subnaik Kilgour enthused, adding she’s hopeful people will register online and start dropping off pumpkins within the next few days.

For more information or to register, visit

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